Venn Foundation challenges people to
think deeply, live faithfully, and serve wisely,
to shape Aotearoa, New Zealand for the glory of God.
I can only answer the question “What am I to do?” if I can answer the prior question “Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?”
The Summer Conference has encouraged me to be a person who is both biblically immersed and culturally engaged, whilst having fun along the way. It gave me permission to ask questions and provided suggestions and wisdom as to how I could seek God’s truth to answer them.
Loved it. Exceeded my expectations in terms of both content, connection with others and all round fun and growth.
Before attending Compass conference there were things that I had not been able to articulate before…truths felt at a gut level but not fully realised. Coming to Compass and hearing these truths acknowledged and clarified was both immensely freeing and life-giving. This week has been an oasis on the path of my life journey, with signposts pointing the direction toward home.
Such an amazing week! Loved the people – especially appreciated how the speakers were willing to give of themselves – their time and their stories – and happy to answer any questions.
“It’s been an incredible, life changing week filled with many mind-blowing thoughts, challenges, mental shifts/direction changes, encouragements as I was faced with a different, deeper and more relatable view of Jesus Christ, our centrality in Him and His incredible creation. There’s been so much opportunity for awesome in-depth discussions.”
The Insect and the Buffalo is about the Bible and how the story it tells changes everything.
When we read the Bible, it’s easy to feel like God wrote the wrong book. We come with twenty-first century problems and we are given a collection of ancient stories. Yet these stories form a unified narrative, one that points us to Jesus, and through Jesus, reshapes the way we see the world. The Insect and the Buffalo is a short introduction, designed to help you re-read, re-think and re-engage with the Bible.
The fellowship gives you a taster of what life might look like. In comparison with the modern story, we are not isolated individuals. Combined with the curriculum this really challenged me. I didn't know I could have this much love for a bunch of strangers after just seven months!
CUPS OF COFFEE
Athanasius – someone from nothing introduces readers to Athanasius (296-373), of Alexandria, Egypt. This thoughtful narrative brings to life the man whose resolute insistence on the divinity and humanity of Christ has shaped our history. We meet here a person who takes the teachings of Christ and Christian tradition as life-giving and culturally transformative.